Weird thought for the day: Wouldn’t it be interesting if my ups and downs were actually a manifestation of bipolar disorder and have absolutely nothing to do with food or supplements? Hm….
Trying a bunch of stuff lately. My two biggest problems at the moment are fixing my leaky gut (and thus fixing my depression, food intolerances, and probably some other metabolic maladies) and making hot flashes go away. Blood sugar is probably 3rd on the list, followed by concern over thyroid health and vascular health.
I’m finding that in general, hot flashes are pretty much just accepted as an inevitable inconvenience associated with getting older. I joined a couple of peri-menopause groups on facebook and everyone is complaining about hot flashes and no one has any idea what to do about them. There’s another group called Sisters in Estrogen Dominance that is more focused on using biomedical interventions rather than just complaining, but even in that group there does not seem to be much consensus about treating hot flashes. Ray Peat says to take Progest E. Well, I am….again. I’ve been taking 3 drops every 2 hours (about 80mg of progesterone daily) and hot flashes continue at the same frequency and intensity they had before, occurring every 75-90 minutes and causing me to look like I just ran a 5K in July when really I’m just sitting in an air conditioned room sipping a cool beverage. Yesterday I had a meeting with my supervisor lasting 90 minute. In that time I had 2 hot flashes. Twice trying to mop sweat off my face in a manner that wasn’t too obvious. I don’t know this supervisor well enough to open up about my hormonal concerns, so I just pretended everything was fine. It’s so uncomfortable. Socially and physically.
I remember about 15 years ago seeing Christiane Northrup on Oprah and she was talking about menopause and how the symptoms of menopause can be treated, which often involves giving up things like alcohol, late nights and other physiological stressors because you just can’t physically tolerate things like that anymore. I wonder if I’m experiencing this in my inability to tolerate dairy. I can’t help but notice that hot flashes went away at the same time I stopped eating dairy in March (although I changed other things too), and then came back when I started eating dairy again 30 days later, and then went away when I stopped again, and then came back when I started again.
I guess I better stop eating dairy.
Full disclosure here…I got discouraged about feeling shitty all the time and started eating dairy again a few days ago. It had been 3 or 4 weeks since the last time and the hot flashes were still hanging around. I noticed the first two times I gave up dairy it took weeks for the hot flashes to die down. I think part of me doesn’t want to accept this. Ok, I accept it. I’m not like other people. I can’t just wing it.
Anyway, new things I’m trying right now:
- bombing myself with progesterone/vitamin E (will probably stop if hot flashes continue through today at the same rate and intensity)
- Black Cohosh – I’ve been taking this for about 2 weeks for the hot flashes. No difference yet.
- 5-10g of L-glutamine per day
- Turmeric – 2-3 Teaspoons of Golden Paste per day, added to food (eggs, salad dressings)
Actually my digestion has improved since I started the probiotic, turmeric, and L-glutamine. (Sorry, I don’t know which one is actually helping. I try to isolate variables but if I gave everything an appropriate evaluation time this would all just take too long.) I notice I can eat a wider variety of foods now without mood problems or bloating including rice, sugar, and bread. I don’t feel as good for other reasons (increased hunger, blood sugar swings) so I won’t be continuing those every day, but I try every now and then.
I’ll be stopping the 2nd round of antimicrobials….maybe today. It’s time to rebuild.
Plan going forward: back to a low-carb paleo plan, mostly eggs, meat, veggies, and saturated fats. I felt great doing that back in April so I’ll go that direction again.